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Old 06-26-2006, 08:18 AM   #1
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Squeal at start up?

Anyone familiar with a loud short squeal when the engine is fired up? Sounds like a belt is out of whack. Seems it Only happens when the car has been sitting for a while. I also think if I give the car a bit more gas it won't make this noise.
Guess its back to the dealer.

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Old 06-26-2006, 09:00 AM   #2
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Yes, could be a belt.

It could also be your starter motor. I had one go bad and it would make this noise upon start up, but not every time.

Hard to tell without being there.

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how much was the starter motor replacement? go easy on me...
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Hi,

It could also be any belt-driven ancillary (PS Pump, AC Compressor, Alternator) with a bearing going dry/bad. Similarly, either of the Idler/Tensioner pulleys as well. The secondary Air pump can also make noise at start up. The one on my Esprit goes off every cold start for a few hundred revs until it warms and the vanes expand, but this is usually more of a chirp than a squeal. Hope this helps...

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Get under there and rub a little soap on it, if it goes away for a few days, your tensioner is likely too tight. Everybody thinks its too loose but it's generally exactly the opposite.

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